By Scoop Reporter
THE Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has commended Zambia for arraying fears that there is tension the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
SACCORD Executive Director Boniface Cheembe says this news is welcome as it is in line with one of Zambia’s foreign policy principles of ‘good neighbourliness.’
Mr. Cheembe says Zambia’s peace with all her eight neighbours since 1964 has been sustained on the basis of the country acknowledging the fact that she is land linked and thereby requiring co-existence with neighbours in a peaceful manner in order for her to achieve her life project.
He says this has meant that where difference may arise with anyone of the neighbours that the country deploys peaceful means to resolving such differences.
“We therefore welcome the peaceful choice and approach that both the Republic of Zambia and the DRC have taken to call on the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika
“Chairperson, President Emerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, to mediate over the border dispute between the two countries in Kaputa area in the Northern Province of the Republic of Zambia,” Mr. Cheembe said.
He says the trust given by Zambia and the DRC to the SADC Troika is a good indicator of how countries in the Southern African region have trust in their institutions to resolve disputes in a peaceful manner thereby allowing the region to flourish in the enjoyment of peace, security, and the rule of law.